A Week Of Outfits With Conscious Style Blogger Sabrina Ramkhelawan
The Good Trade's Week of Outfits Series highlights women that have personally inspired us to shop and live with intention. Each woman takes her own unique approach to slow fashion and demonstrates how beautifully sustainable fashion can come to life. Today we're excited to share a week of outfits from Sabrina Ramkhelawan, the ethical fashion blogger behind Flaunt Your Fancy!
I used to be a fashion trend chaser—always one step behind (or so I felt), and always struggling to keep up with the fashion “influencers” of the world. I’m talking about women who never repeated outfits, had sky-high shoe walls, shopped all the most luxe designer labels, and made having style look easy. I was making impulsive purchases, never considering why I wanted something, or if I even needed it. My closet was full, yet I constantly found myself thinking, “I have nothing to wear!”
My outlook began to change when one of my favorite fashion bloggers answered a question about why she chose not to provide a link to a particular dress she was wearing that day. She said, “I didn’t tag this dress because I don’t want to promote consumerism.” Such a simple, yet direct statement made me stop and think. Why was I never happy with the clothes I owned? Normal people don’t wear something new everyday. Repeating outfits is not a bad thing. Actually, it’s normal! Yet, social media “influenced” me into believing that it wasn’t. That’s when I decided I wanted to change the narrative.
I created Flaunt Your Fancy to do away with the preconceived notions that sustainable fashion is only for those with a minimalist aesthetic or an unlimited budget. Though it took some adjusting and reevaluating of my shopping habits, I’ve chosen to focus on being a conscious consumer, promoting brands that produce high-quality, long lasting clothes, in a sustainable and ethical way. I’ve come to realize that the joy I get from making a conscious decision to invest in a piece of clothing greatly surpasses the limited enjoyment I had when shopping fast fashion. Now, I am curating a wardrobe that is both classic and trendy, with versatile pieces that transition easily from day to night and through changing seasons—all without having to compromise on my values.
Versatile pieces are always the best investment. This is one of my go-to looks because it’s trendy yet polished and can easily transition from the office to happy hour—a must during NYC rooftop season! For a more understated look, I would choose non-distressed denim and wear my trio earrings as single hoops.
When in doubt (or in a rush), nothing beats a classic outfit. I like to jazz up the white tee and high-waisted jeans combo with eye-catching statement earrings, a cute belt, and a fun summer bag to tie it all together. This straw tote is my new favorite from the Causebox summer box!
Mid-summer in NYC has been brutal this year (can someone say climate crisis??), so I try and stick to relaxed fits and breathable fabrics. Call me an outfit repeater, because this striped top from Tradlands makes a weekly appearance in my summer wardrobe rotation. I’m obsessed with how high-quality and sturdy Tradlands pieces are—and most importantly, ethically produced!
Thrift shopping is like going on a treasure hunt and sometimes you find gold! Like this flirty top from Buffalo Exchange in SoHo. I wore this top to the office, then out for a walk with my boyfriend in Central Park, before heading off to a super trendy Greek restaurant with my three best girlfriends!
Floral prints and feminine silhouettes are my kryptonite, which is why Reformation is one of my favorite sustainable brands. Instant confidence boost. I usually throw on a pair of tennis shoes to make the outfit more casual, because let’s face it—I would wear this dress everyday if I could.
Before you shop the web, shop your closet! A lot of the outfits I share on social media incorporate fast fashion pieces I purchased years ago that I still love to wear. For today’s outfit, I layered a plaid shirt from Zara (2015) over a black Lulu’s bodycon dress (2017), with Tory Burch Sandals (2017), sunglasses from Steve Madden (2016), and my everyday Elizabeth and James clutch that I purchased from a Rent the Runway sample sale!
All pieces Old Fast Fashion
Bag from Rent the Runway Sample Sale
No better way to fight off the Sunday scaries than getting outside and exploring the city! My NYC adventure outfit consists of my Veja sneakers, a pink muscle tank, and chic black sunglasses. Toss your hair up in a pony with a baseball cap and you’re ready for anything!